I come in here so infrequently I need to change my password every time cuz it expires! I guess that tell me I really have nothing constructive to say...
But for the fun of it, I'm going to repeat myself, repeatedly... While I was not at the game , out of morbid curiousity, I looked relatively carefully at the scoring plays c/o WMUR. This is the same crap defense that has been in play for far too long (read: years). There was not a single contest on the player or puck on any of the 3 goals; not a shoulder on shoulder, stick on stick, face in face...NADA. Understood; short-handed on 2 goals, but guys in the slot (or crease) need to be hassled and abused, shorthanded or not. Last night looked just like my men's league D, which, come to think of it, IS the future for some of these guys...
If this team was a 3 of a 10 scale defensively 2 seasons ago, they might now be a 4. Big deal; long way to go. Suppose that imporovement is a reflection of better recruiting in the d-group. Apparently need more cuz this is hard to watch or care about.
Shrink-The-Rink, Win a Title
Lines were definitely getting shuffled at the end of the game. ChKell was with BvR and Blackburn in the last 10 minutes and Macadams was with Sal and McNick. Interesting to see if any of these changes stick going on to today.
Let me put on my hard hat before I get hit.
At the 4 Aces Diner this morning here in chilly Lebanon we posted the following Q's to the Magic 8 ball that was on our table. Here's what we asked/results:
Q1: Will we win tonight?
Ans: Signs point to yes 😻
Q2: Will Coach Umile get to the NRN?
Ans: Can't predict now 😳
You heard it here folks!
You can see it in the recruiting that strong D is needed and right quick...I'm glad Maas and Gildon are being thrown into the fire. They will be great leaders for the incoming D. That is...if they stick around long enough!
Another bomb by Richie...but it's too little too late. SMH.
Watching this game all I have to say is ugh....The team showed no heart and no interest in wining or even playing for the matter of fact. Sloppy turn overs and careless mistakes. Yale calls a time out and not a word is said by our coaches. This is a new low and is hard to watch as a fan....is the season over yet?
A LOONNNG and COOOOLD winter is descending upon Durham Town.
The Quest is over, folks. We are well on our way to my predicted 4-9-3 finish.
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Goin' off the USCHO grid....back, hmm, whenever......
With a loss to Brown in the next game that will be the icing on the (cup)cake schedule. Marty and Dick were more concerned about scheduling teams to get them wins (NRN) than recruiting players who could actually get them wins.
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Goin' off the USCHO grid....back, hmm, whenever......
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Wow, everyone is being 'objective' today! Regardless of Grasso's actual production this year, losing him is a major blow to the offense. The D and goaltending - like the team - have been an entirely different group since the first five games. Those five games represent about 25% of the season to date - the 75% since is a better indication of who this team is and has always truly been. Want to enjoy the rest of the season - check the expectations the start to the year gave you, enjoy Max and Maass, watch for the development of the young skill Fs BVR, Blackburn and Fregona (well, not Fregona I guess) and hope UNH can manage six post-season games to get Grasso into medical redshirt territory...
Iíve said this before, but the past few seasons are so reminiscent of the last years of Charlie Holt. His last couple of teams were just not engaged. The rosters were thin and the few good players UNH had defected to the pros early. Team was lifeless, Snively was no longer lively, and everybody from the coaches, the players, to the fans seemed to be just going through the motions. Charlie retired, followed by his hand picked successor Bob Kullen. Things didnít get much better until Kullenís last year before his untimely death, really because UNH was getting better caliber players. The team finished .500, won a quarterfinal round at Providence, and took BC to OT in the HE semis. If UNH is to repeat this saga 30 years later, it is all going to start with having the right coach of course but, more importantly, the right assistants. Who Souza hires to replace him will tell us most of what we need to know about the future.
As for this season, theyíre done. They are not improving, they are in fact regressing and, frankly, wonít be any better than they were last year. My wife and I were discussing how many of the remaining home games
weíll go to this year. I can see 3 or 4 tops. And to think I used to get to 35, home and away.
Happy New Year all.
I have to agree with Greg on the regression piece. Despite where UML was when we beat them twice we played so much better. The Providence, Yale and RPI wins as well. The last 4 have really been troublesome....and it's not because we have a bunch of young players out there. I don't know what it is (well I have ideas but not for this board). Still ... despite my whining and outright complaining...I remain hopeful.
Ps explain more about how redshirting works if you don't mind?
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